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...As one of jazz’s first composer-arrangers, Jelly Roll Morton managed to communicate the form’s focus on improvisation through notation. Born in New Orleans in 1890, Morton grew up in the city’s Creole community. At an early age, Morton...

Mardi Gras Indian Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Mardi Gras Indians are African Americans who form ‘tribes’ or ‘gangs’ that hold weekly practices in bars throughout New Orleans and then march through the streets on Mardi Gras day (the day before the beginning of Lent in the Christian...

Stride

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘stride’ refers to a jazz piano style developed by African-American musicians and popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It is characterized by a constantly moving (or ‘striding’) four-to-the-bar left hand, typically alternating deep bass...

Mississippi Valley

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...The valley of the Mississippi River stretches from the Gulf of Mexico northward to the river’s source in Minnesota and includes portions of ten states. Most of the valley is bordered by fertile farmland, including a broad floodplain...

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 2,896,016 (2000); metropolitan area – 7,261,176 (2000) Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Located on the shores of the southern tip of Lake Michigan, it is the nucleus...

Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Jazz emerged as a distinct musical form in the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century and is primarily of African-American origin. Its early influences are held to encompass elements of African and European music...